West End Beach

West End Beach is a 12 acre day use beach facility on Donner Lake in Truckee, California that is owned and maintained by the Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District.

It is the largest of the Truckee Beaches.

West End Beach at Donner Lake in Truckee, California

West End Beach Location:

West End Beach is located on the West Shore of Donner Lake in Truckee, California. There are three ways to get to West End Beach:

  • From Truckee, take Donner Pass Road
  • From Hwy 80, coming from the Bay area, take the Donner Lake exit, while still on Donner Summit.
  • From Donner Summit, take Old Hwy 40 down to the Lake.

See my Truckee Beaches page, for a Google Map of all the Truckee Beaches!

West End Beach Amenities

The following list is the amenities available at this beach:

West End Beach Amenities Map - Donner Lake in Truckee, California
  • Beach area
  • Basketball Court
  • Boat Parking
  • Boat Rentals - Kayak, Paddle boat, Stand Up Paddleboards
  • Boat Storage - (seasonal)
  • Boating area

Paddle Boats at West End Beach at Donner Lake in Truckee, California
  • Covered Pavilion - can be reserved for weddings or special occasions. Can be rented by itself, or in a Pavilion Package which includes admission for 100 people, parking for 50 cars, and a private entrance

Covered Pavillion area at West End Beach at Donner Lake in Truckee, California
  • Fishing Area
  • Group BBQ/Picnic areas - these can be reserved and have nice shade
  • Horseshoe Pits

  • Playground areas - two separate areas - one on each side of the beach where the group picnic areas are

West End Beach playground area at Donner Lake in Truckee, California
  • Snack Shack
  • Tennis Court
  • Swimming Area - supervised by American Red Cross Certified Lifeguards
  • Volleyball Courts (sand and grass)

West End Beach Rules

  • No Dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day
  • No Glass
  • No Running or Rough Play
  • No Smoking
  • No Swimming unless a Lifeguard is present
  • Pack your own trash to the trash bins

Cost of Admission - 2024

Please check out the Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District Website for current cost information:


Hours and Operating Schedule

  • Hours are from 8am - 8pm

  • Lifeguards are on duty from 9am-5pm on Weekends, and 10am-5pm on Weekdays

West End Beach Contact Information

  • Beach Hotline - (530) 582-7777 - call to find out what the daily conditions are
  • Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District Office - (530) 582-7720
  • Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District website - printable rental facility applications, picnic rental information, and West End Beach Rules & Regulations for Reservations can be obtained here. Also, you can sign your kids up for Boating classes!

See Also:

West End Beach at Donner Lake, in Truckee, California

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